Victorino, Polanco Homer The Phillies To Victory Over Brewers

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Victorino, Polanco Homer The Phillies To Victory Over Brewers

This game started out much like the last two against the Brewers, where it looked like decent starting pitching would be wasted by silent Phillies bats. In fact, Brewers starter Chris Narveson had a no hitter into the fifth inning.

However, the bats would come alive in the bottom of the sixth when Wilson Valdez walked and Shane Victorino singled to bring Placido Polanco to the plate. Polly put a pitch in to the left field stands to tie the game at three.

Kyle Kendrick made up for his poor appearance in game one with a scoreless seventh and Ryan Madson threw a scoreless 8th to preserve the tie heading into the bottom of the inning. Shane Victorino led off with a solo shot to right center for what would prove to be the game winner. Jose Contreras struck out Mark Kotsay and Ryan Braun for the save.

Cliff Lee didn’t get a decision after he went six innings, giving up eight hits while being charged with two runs.

Next up for the Phils is a trip to the west coast for a four game set with the Padres. Oswalt, Hamels & Halladay in Petco Park? These games could be quick moving…

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Phillies Roughed Up By Brewers 9-0

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Randy Wolf turned in six scoreless innings and Casey McGehee hit a three-run homer during a six-run seventh inning as Milwaukee downed Philadelphia, 9-0, in the second installment of a three-game set.

Erick Almonte knocked in a pair and Ryan Braun also homered for the Brewers, who took the opener on Monday, 6-3, in 12 innings. Prince Fielder added three hits and an RBI.

Wolf (2-2) fanned five and walked three, blanking an opponent for his second straight outing. The former Phillies hurler yielded three hits over 6 2/3 innings on April 14 at Pittsburgh.

Shane Victorino and Jimmy Rollins collected the lone hits for the Phillies, who dropped back-to-back games for the first time all year and were also blanked for the first time on the young season.

Roy Halladay (2-1) was charged in defeat for 10 hits and six runs over 6 2/3 frames.

The Brewers blew open the game with six runs in the seventh — all coming with two outs. Rickie Weeks reached on a one-out base hit, then came home on Fielder’s RBI infield single to make it 4-0 and spelled Halladay’s exit. David Herndon came on and promptly allowed a three-run blast to McGehee.

Later in the inning, with the bases loaded and facing Mike Zagurski, Almonte, who began the frame as a pinch hitter by striking out, drove in two more with a single and it was 9-0.

Sean Green, Zach Braddock and Mike McClendon combined to hold the Phils hitless over the final three innings.

Milwaukee pushed across a run in the second on a two-out double from Yuniesky Betancourt and a single by George Kottaras. Braun’s solo shot just over the wall in right made it 2-0 in the third.

Braun worked a leadoff walk in the sixth, then Fielder followed with a single and Mark Kotsay dumped a hit to right two batters later for a 3-0 Milwaukee cushion.

Braun reached base for the 17th straight game — the longest streak to start a season for Milwaukee since Jeromy Burnitz reached base safely in the first 17 games of the 1997 season…The team record to begin a season is held by Robin Yount with 23 games in 1983…It marked only the fourth time in his 21 starts at Citizens Bank Park as a Phillie that Halladay allowed more than three earned runs… Prior to the game, the Phillies placed reliever J.C. Romero on the 15-day disabled list with a right calf strain and recalled Zagurski from Triple-A Lehigh Valley…The Brewers placed pitcher Shaun Marcum on the bereavement list and recalled McClendon from Triple-A Nashville, and also announced that starter Zack Greinke, on the DL since the end of spring training, will begin his rehab with a start at Class-A Brevard County on Tuesday.

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